In the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, children in the 2nd grade, who have been baptized, receive the sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Communion for the first time.
Preparing for First Holy Communion
HOW TO PREPARE FOR YOUR FIRST RECONCILIATION
(the sacrament of healing)
THINGS TO DO and KNOW AS YOU PREPARE FOR YOUR FIRST RECONCILIATION.
PRACTICE AN EXAMINATION OF CONSCIENCE: (Do this each night before bed.)
Responsibilities to God:
a. Have I spent time with God in prayer every day?
b. Have I been stubborn about praying and going to Mass on Sunday?
c. Have I asked God to help me when I have been tempted to sin?
Responsibilities to others:
a. Have I been disobedient and disrespectful to my parents?
b. Have I lied or cheated?
c. Have I been stubborn about my responsibilities?
d. Have I been selfish with the things I have?
e. Have I gotten angry at anyone?
f. Have I hit anyone?
g. Is there anyone in my life that I need to forgive?
h. Have I made fun of others?
i. Have I used bad language?
j. Have I stolen anything?
k. Have I been helpful and loving toward my family?
l. Have I been thankful for the things I have instead of being jealous of others?
How to make your First Confession: